Garage sales are pretty rare round these parts. The village has some strange rules and regulations about putting them on – the advertising etc (heaven forbid there are untoward, gaudy signs about) so it was with great delight that I saw my neighbour set hers up yesterday for a 9am start this morning.
Needless to say I was there at 9.02 and there were already two cars there (savvy bastards). I did a quick scan and saw instantly a few things that I had to put my sticker on, and then after a few more slower rounds I handed over my cash for an armload (actually three) armloads of quality garage sale delights.
So? What do I now have?
Well, this beautiful type writer for instance. It’s old (1924) which belonged to the neighbours late husband’s FATHER. I know right! It’s so ornate and lovely and I love, love, love it. She was also so pleased that it was going to a “writer” and would be just next door to her. Oh yeah, and it cost me a lobster! $20.
Then I may or may not have purchased an entire Royal Doulton tea set. I don’t have any fancy schmancy cups for the serving of the tea and the cakes, and the pattern wasn’t too over the top, so I went for it. I have a gazillion saucers and plates and 6 cups. Between this and baking my first batch of Anzac biscuits this week, I do believe I am now a woman.
This entire set was $60.
I almost fell over when I spotted this fabulous brand spanking Fossil leather YELLOW handbag. Purchased by another neighbour who had a few items at the sale as well, in New York (it’s a sign!) she only used it once before she realised that yellow and her were not friends. Lucky for me, yellow and I are BESTIES. It is amazingly beautiful, and leathery and lined with yellow goodness and it’s just plain love.
$60. SHUT THE FUCK UP.
I know! There’s MORE. This mirror belonged to the neighbour’s Mother and she said it was a “proper” antique so I would say it is rather old. I loved the shape. I think it’s from a dressing table but it’s heavy and oak and fabulous. Above the fireplace in our bedroom, I’d say it’s rather spectacular.
And yes, it was another lobster. $20. Outrageous!
I’d say that’s a successful morning shopping wouldn’t you?